9 January 2024

Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli war cabinet, expressing “support for Israel’s right to prevent the terrorist attacks of 7 October from being repeated” and highlighting “the importance of avoiding further civilian harm and protecting civilian infrastructure in Gaza”. Separately, Blinken emphasised to Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant “the importance of preventing the conflict from spreading, including by avoiding escalation in Lebanon or the West Bank”. Gallant noted “growing security tensions across the Middle East and Iranian aggression conducted against Israel via proxies”, asserting that “an increase in the pressure placed on Iran is critical, and may prevent regional escalation in additional arenas”.

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